Is Depression brought on by Incontinence?

Postpartum depression negatively affects the mother, child, partner, and other children in the family.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, up to 20 per cent of new mothers experience postpartum depression and an estimated 10 to 35 per cent of women will experience a recurrence of postpartum depression. 

In research, appearing online in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, of 1900 new mothers almost eight per cent had postpartum depression at six weeks after discharge.

A research team found no association between postpartum depression and the mode of delivery, and this finding is consistent with previous studies.

But their investigation did show the five strongest predictors of postpartum depression are the mother being less than 25-years-old; the mother having to be readmitted to hospital; non-initiation of breastfeeding; good, fair, or poor self-reported postpartum health; and urinary incontinence or involuntary urination.

 Urinary incontinence is a risk factor for postpartum depression, but following childbirth has received little attention as a contributor to postpartum depression.

Urinary incontinence is not an uncommon problem after giving birth.

Making the adjustment of a child in her life is a huge lifelong commitment. Coupled with that is a dramatic change in one’s life both socially, physically and the new mother may feel quietly trapped. To top it all off she now finds she has urinary incontinence and normal exercise and even sexual activity is restricted somewhat by this complication from child birth.Add to that constant interruptions throughout the night to attend to baby and its no wonder some women struggle to regain composure.

It is important to understand 70% of all people with incontinence can be treated successfully. Particularly if the mother is younger her chances of recovery are very good, but it is important to adopt a proactive attitude in getting back the body and condition prior to pregnancy.

This is important not only for present day but 15-20  years later when menopause kicks in incontinence because of poor pelvic conditioning can return.

Strengthening the pelvic floor by exercises is crucial to long term prevalence over incontinence in those early post natal days.

In Korea for example post natal mothers are required to learn how to do pelvic strengthening before they leave the hospital. This not only helps the new mother, but also aids in reducing the governments expenditure in treating incontinence long term. 

This website will show you how to do the exercise if you wish to know. Its simple once you understand and once performed a few times is easy to remember and do when you are in bed or waiting in the car at the lights or just sitting watching TV and no one will ever know you are doing them.!

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